My name is Hailey Badger and I am the Director of University Affairs. I’m a junior studying political science and philosophy. I’ve been involved in ASUW since my freshman year: first with Student Senate, and then with the Student Debt Reduction Working Group and the Office of Government Relations. The Director of University Affairs is the student liaison to the faculty and administration — I represent and advocate for student opinion at decision-making arenas at the faculty and administrative levels. I work to make sure that University policies, whether it be financial aid policy or academic policies (such as major requirements), are reflective of student interests.
Students have a successful track record of making our voices heard at the University. In the past few years, we have done things like implement a diversity curriculum requirement, which requires students to take a class that examines some form of diversity as a graduation requirement. This year’s incoming class is the first that will need to satisfy this requirement before graduation. Additionally, students spearheaded a movement against differential tuition, which would set higher tuition levels for certain majors (like engineering and business). We’ve had major impacts not only on campus, but also at the State level. Students working on behalf of the Office of Government Relations were instrumental in securing the tuition freeze we were granted two years ago. When students rally around an issue they care about, the results are powerful.
This year, I’ll be working on a few main issues. First, the Student Debt Reduction Working Group (SDRWG) will continue to study student debt and explore institutional policy options to mediate debt on campus. Last year, we wrote a report titled “Meet us in the Middle: Affordability for the Working Student” — if you haven’t read it, check it out here. In the report, we urge the state to recognize a clear definition of “affordability,” which in our eyes, is measured by a student’s ability to work their way through college. Basically, a student shouldn’t be expected to contribute to their education more than what they can earn by working 40 hours per week over the summer and 20 hours per week during the school year. We’ll be working with the Office of Government Relations to advocate for this and other ideas posed in the report to the state legislature in Olympia.
I’m so excited to have the opportunity to represent students in this role and I can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to accomplish this year. However, I can’t do it alone– if you’re interested in getting involved or have any questions at all, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit volunteer.asuw.org.
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